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certainly not less sound, than that which, in Lord Roden, being informed that his royal our day, we are fond of seeking by periodical guest had arrived, went to the door, and with excitements and doubtful measures. The

every token of respect, conducted him into the sacred treasure of one house became the por. house. Then, turning to the king, he said, tion of many, and whole communities caught “ Your majesty will not doubt that I feel highly the fire which may have been enkin lled in a honoured by this visit, but there is a duty which corner. Such was the case in the town of I have not yet discharged this morning, which Kidderminster, which was blessed with the I owe to the King of kings—that of performing | labours of that eminent servant of God, Richard domestic worship; and your majesty will be

Baxter; and his testimony, however familiar, kind enough to excuse me while I retire with 1 is too valuable to be omitted in this place. my household, and attend to it.” Certainly,” ! “ On the Lord's-day,” says Mr Baxter,“ there replied the king, “ but I am going with you;"

was no disorder to be seen in the streets; but and he immediately rose and followed him into you might hear a hundred families singing the hall, where the family were assembled, and psalms, and repeating sermons, as you passed taking his seat in an old arm-chair, remained through the streets. When I came thither during the family devotion. first, there was about one family in a street that

In reading accounts of the persecuted Nonworshipped God and called on his name; and conformists, it is remarkable how often we find when I came away, there were some streets that they were arrested by pursuivants and where there was not above one family in the other officers, at the time of family worship: side of a street that did not so, and that did not, this was an hour when they were sure to be by professing serious godliness, give us some taken together. Besides, at a time when the hopes of their sincerity; and those families public gifts of Christ's ministers were restrained which were the worst, being inns and ale by the act of uniformity, it was not unusual for houses, usually some persons in each did seem neighbours to come in at the season of domesto be religious. Some of the poor men did com- tic prayer, and thus the household assembly petently understand the Body of Divinity, and would often become an unlawful conventiele. were able to judge in difficult controversies. Even in our own day, ministers of the gospel, Some of them were so able in prayer, that very and other pious persons, have opened their few ministers did match them in order and ful doors to neighbours who thirsted for truth ness and apt expressions, and holy oratory with and devotion; and in this way the religion of fervency. Abundance of them were able to the family may extend itself with blessings to pray very laudably with their families, or with the vicinity. The household prayer-meeting others. The temper of their minds, and the cannot have a more auspicious origin. O when innocency of their lives, was much more laud- shall we behold the day when every professing | able than their parts.”

Christian in our Church shall be duly awake to It may sometimes be the case, that a man of the power of the instrumentality which is humble station, and defective culture of mind, lodged in his hands ! may be called upon to perform this duty in the presence of guests, or strangers, whom he

CHRISTIAN PHYSICIANS. regards as much superior to himself, and this will doubtless be a trial to his faith. But let

BY THE REV. JAMES HAMILTON, LONDON. him not shrink from the service of God. In a The first Christian physician of whom we have

A man of faith and majority of instances, those very persons will any record is Luke. go away with a higher estimate of his character, energy, he was the chosen companion of Paul for this very act of duty. Each of us should share in the introduction of the gospel to

in his missionary journeys, and had a large remember the words of David, when he said, Europe. Luke, or Silas, as he is sometimes “I will speak of thy testimonies also before called, was one of those who first crossed over kings, and will not be ashamed.” When to Macedonia to "help" the heathen world, George IV. was in Ireland, as we find re- and on the memorable night of the Philippian lated by the Rey. Dr Sprague, he told Lord earthquake he was Paul's fellow.prisoner. And

no hardships cooled his zeal, no dangers Roden, that, on a particular morning, he would

quenched his courage; for, years after we find breakfast with him. He accordingly came,

* From the English Presbyterian Messenger. i bringing with him two or three of the nobility, Magazine, to which we have of late been considerably in. and happened to arrive just as his lordship and debted, is a vigorous well conducted monthly, which, alfamily were assembled for domestic worship and contains much admirable matter of a practical kind.

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him still true to his friend and stedfast to his if he knew what it was to be angry? he anSaviour—the apostle's chief comfort at Rome. swered, that he was naturally of quick resentAnd as one of the first who preached the ment, but daily prayer and watchfulness had gospel on the classic shores of Greece and given him the victory over himself. You must Italy was a member of the medical profession, have noticed that in most cases moral excellence so it was the accomplished pen of this beloved is essential to intellectual ascendency. A physician which Inspiration employed for pre- teacher may be exact in his science, and clear serving the early annals of the Christian faith, in his expositions, but from his coldness or reand writing one of the four narratives of the serve, may demonstrate with little success; Saviour's earthly history.

whilst another, perhaps his inferior in attain., Without reverting to the antiquities of the ment, shall fire with his own ardour a whole profession, I may just mention that the two class of devotees. And it was Boerhaave's inmost renowned names in the history of the fectiousness, no less than his matchless inforEnglish faculty are the names of Christian mation, which made him the prince of instrucmen-Harvey, the discoverer of the circulation tors. Phlegmatic Dutchman, as he ought to of the blood; and SYNDENHAM, the earliest pre- have been, there was a warm transfusion in his cursor of the modern practice of physic. The teaching which opened the heart and won the one was a steady member of the Church of ear; and abstruse or repelling subjects became England, and the other a hearty Puritan; but, attractive in his own benignant baptism. And so far as we can judge from scanty records, they so far as there was a moral charm about this were both sound divines and sincere believers. great oracle of last century, he himself made

The name of which Holland is most proud, no secret of its cause. Faith in the sayings, is that of HERMAN BOERHAAVE. As far as I and an affectionate imitation of the blessed understand it, his great glory was carrying out Saviour, he often avowed to be the good means what our own Syndenham began. The English for rendering life tranquil, and for imparting physician had sufficient sagacity to see that elevation and magnanimity to the individual symptoms are nature's efforts to get rid of a character; and they were the faith and magoamischief, and that the great function of physic nimity of his character which gave a moral

is to help nature's process; and he had strength spell to Boerhaave. of mind to act on what he saw. He prescribed I feel strongly tempted to notice two pupils remedies so mild and natural that patients who of this illustrious man; one of them, Sir JOAN liked an elaborate cure thought him a trifler; PRINGLE, among the first who purposely applied and the old school blackballed him as endan- the resources of science to mitigate the horrors gering the craft and divulging the mysteries of war, and who filled the chair of the Royal And Boerhaave systematized the shrewd hints Society, when every year was bringing up the of Syndenham. He took for his motto, “ Simgreat discoveries of Cook, and Hutton, and plex sigillum veri—Simplicity the test of truth;" Priestley, and Maskelyne—but who added to and instead of shrouding his knowledge in all his honours a happiness to which his youth an obscure terminology, or assailing disease was a stranger, and who, from calm and earnest by remedies as direful as itself, it was his study, became, and in the most scoffing age great effort to make knowledge plain and and amidst philosophic sceptics, avowed himself, practice easy. And bringing to his adopted a believer in the Bible. The other, as inuch science all the light which anatomy, chemistry, the glory of Switzerland as Boerhaave was the and botany supplied, as well as his vast acquire- pride of Holland ; one of the most eminent ments in mathematical and mechanical philo- combinations of genius with industry, and taste sophy, and expounding it with that classical with science, and piety with all which our distinctness and homely elegance which are species has ever yielded; an anatomist, whose natural to a mind master of its subject and researches in physiology and the structure of eager to make converts of others, his lectures the human frame have never been superseded; at Leyden infected with medical enthusiasm a a botanist, who produced the most complete multitude of ardent youth, and carried not and beautiful of native Floras; a scholar, who a few captives from the other professions. But published a descriptive list of 18,000 books the great secret of the moral power of Boer belonging to his own profession; a poet, who haave, and one chief source of his exuberant wrote the most popular works of all his living information, was his habitual piety. Being countrymen; a professor, for whose services asked how he was able to acquire so much the sovereigns of England, Russia, and Prussia, knowledge and overtake so much business, he competed, and who received beneath his roof answered, that it was his custom on rising to the visit of an emperor; but, above all, a Chrisspend the first hour of the morning in reading tian, whose “ Letters on the Truth of Revelsthe Bible and in meditation and prayer. This tion” give the triumphant reason of the hope gave him spirit and vigour for the engagements that was in him; and whose pure morals and of the day, and the consciousness that a recon- gentle disposition, whose cheerful life and ciled God was present prepared him for all tranquil death, alongside of his neighbour at emergencies. And once, when a friend asked Coppet. looked as if providence designed a



contrast between the wise man and the wit, There are few members of another profession the believer and the infidel--HALLER and Vol- for whom I confess a more entire admiration taire. But instead of dwelling on distant or than Dr Mason Goode. Devoted to his calling, foreign instances, I would hasten to the nearest and distinguished by his abundant acquainand most recent parallels.

tance with its numberless details--his publicaNo doubt many here have read the last days tions proving him a master of its science, and of Dr Thomas BATENAN. His history is in withal most successful in its practice-he had teresting as the transition from materialism to all the enthusiasm for other branches of know the faith of the gospel, and as the change from ledge which the more expansive natures exhibit worldly morality and honourable conduct to and whilst an adept in many, and striving to that gospel's higher standard of holiness. It be simple and familiar in all, he was a sciolist was a year before his death that, after some or tyro in none. Those who have read his serious conversation, he one Sabbath allowed a notes to Lucretius, and Job, must be impressed friend to read to him Scott's “ Essay on the with the extent of his scholarship, and from Inspiration of Scripture." His clear and these translations and his “ Book of Nature" vigorous intellect accompanied every sentence united, we have carried away a delightful idea with intensest earnestness, and, as powerful of their author's picturesque eye and gorgeous minds are apt, perhaps saw the argument more fancy. We recognise the devout and scientific forcible than the judicious author puts it. musings of a St Pierre dissolved in the sunny When the essay was ended, he exclaimed, verse of Thomson. And when we are told " This is demonstration complete demonstra- that the popular lecturer, the bookish scholar, tion!” and begged his friend to read to him the extensive author, the fervent poet, and the the account in the Gospel of Christ's resurrec- busy practitioner, was no less the fond father tion. For some days his quickened mind was and the cheerful but instructive companion, all avidity for Scripture, and, as he had nearly we confess that there are few from whom we lost his sight, he constantly employed those would sooner take a lesson in the art of living. around him in reading to him from the Bible; And though something must be ascribed to a and, as one morning soon after he expressed it, constitutional activity, more may be traced to

It is quite impossible to describe the change a scriptural and deepening piety. Even in the in my mind. I feel as if a new world were days when he frequented a Socinian chapel, opened to me, and all the interests and pur- the fear of God was before his eyes, and he suits of this have faded into nothing in com- wished to be more devout than his meagre parison with it.” And though he saw from the creed permitted. But when he was graciously first the atonement's sufficiency, and had no guided into the "truth supreme," when in distrust about his personal forgiveness, he could “ God manifest in the flesh” he found a restonly speak with bitter tears of his former life ing-place for his spirit and a rapture to his of irreligion and rebellion against God. Led inert convictions, there came a new comfort on step by step, he soon reached the peace un- over his home; and in the personality and afspeakable of a confirmed believer; and though fectionateness of this better creed he found he had often feasted on intellectual pleasures, fresh beauty in every object, and a new incenand had quaffed with undisguised delight the tive to every exercise. And though it is asking cup of human praise and professional success, you to form an idea of one departed by showing and had entered with exuberant zest into most a lock of hair, yet as a little sample of those worldly amusements, he now for the first time pleasant thoughts which blossomed along our tasted true happiness. “ The blessing of his London streets as a busy but cheerful Christian conversion,” he frequently declared, trod them, I may read the following:never out of his mind; it was a theme of per

“ Not worlds on worlds in phalanx deep petual thanksgiving; and he never awoke in

Need we to prove a God is here ; the night without being overwhelmed with joy

The Daisy, fresh from Winter's sleep, and gratitude in the recollection of it.” And

Tells of his hand in lines as clear. once, when a friend inquired if there were no

“For who but He that arch'd the skies,

And pours the day.spring's living food, interruption in his joyful emotions, he an.

Wondrous alike in all he tries, swered, “ For some months past, never; and

Could form the daisy's purple bud ? never the smallest rising of anything like im

“ Mould its green cup, its wiry stem, patience and complaint.” There must surely

Its crimson fringe so nicely spin;

And drench in dew the topaz gem be a glorious reality in that religion which

That, set in silver, gleams within ? made fame and fortune so suddenly look like

“ And fling it unrestrained and free, dross in the eyes of a man lately burning with ambition; and there must be a divine attract

That man, where'er he walks, may see tion in that Saviour who drew away from gay

In every step the stamp of God ?" society and a lifesome world this brilliant man But, perhaps, the finest specimen of living in the vigour of his power, and made him Christianity lately recorded in the medical proexclaim, as he felt death’s palsy creeping up fession is the instance of Dr Hope. My his limbs, “ Oh yes! I am glad to go!”

medical hearers are acquainted with those con

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O'er hill and dale and desert sod,

tributions he made to the literature of his was commenced without asking for the Divine science, and of which, of course, I only know blessing; no important step taken without by report. But there is something truly sub- applying for the Divine guidance; when halime, which any reader may appreciate, in that rassed by professional vexation, it was by prayer power of application and heroic self-command, he regained his wonted serenity; and, when to which, under God, he owed his rapid rise surrounded by difficulties and threatened by and enduring reputation. Averse to the pro- disappointment, in prayer he found a strength fession, he forced himself to enter it, because not his own, and submission to the will of God, it was his father's wish; and, naturally revolting whatever that might be." And just as his life from research into the structure of the cor. was devoted to God, so the Lord wonderfully poreal frame, he compelled himself to be a supported his servant when he came to die. In skilful dissector, and became one of the most his fortieth year, stricken with a mortal malady, famous anatomical draughtsmen whom England his clear foresight told the end and nearly fixed has yielded. Nor have we a nobler specimen the date. But having already completed the of devoted industry than in the self-denial with grand preparation, his main anxiety was to fill which he closed his eyes on magazines and up the nine months on which he counted with newspapers and amusing literature till his great work that should serve his generation. He and laborious works were ended. And there is continued to practise as long as his strength something spirit-stirring in the swift and steady permitted, and then stopped, only reserving; rise to the high places of the faculty of the time to complete two medical memoirs, and as youth who came to London with only one private he found that his handbreath would hardly acquaintance there. But the grandest thing of suffice for this purpose, he tried to redeem the all is to see how this vigorous mind was at once ebbing hours by discontinuing his daily exercise. strengthened and softened by the grace of God. Closing histown residence and bidding good-bye Whilst travelling in Italy he got acquainted to his patients, he escaped to Hampstead; and with a pious English family, and impressed by though he knew that it was the house where in a the happy scene he witnessed there, he wroie few weeks he must take his last look of earth, to his brother, “ Whatever the world may say, he never gazed on spring with such youthful my dear George, it is a clear case to me that glee as the morning after arriving there. He the saints have the laugh on their side. If wish- was only once in his carriage after that. It ing would add me to their number I would get was to visit Highgate Cemetery, and fix all enrolled to-morrow." And it was not long about his funeral. And as, in his own view, till he got "enrolled.” Soon after his settle the grave was all streaming with the light of ment in London he felt constrained to bestow immortality, he was anxious that others should all the energies of his calm and comprehensive see it as he saw it himself, and calling to him intellect on the study of revealed religion; and his only child, he would say, “ You see, Theounder the teaching of God's Spirit he was soon dore, what a lucky fellow I am. You have guided into a conclusive belief of the great your fortune to make; but mine is ready made saving truth. To that Divine Redeemer whom for me. I am going to my heavenly inheri. he then discovered his soul clave with an tance. You know how hard I used to work affiance which the events of life never shook, formerly to get fees for you and mama; but and which death only made final; and with a all that is over now-my toil is at an end." singleness of aim betokening the child of God, The radiance of the better country had so he learned to look on every step in his pro- settled all around him that his dearest friends fessional rise as an additional advantage for felt heaven open for him; and every indication promoting God's glory in the world. And of nearer departure sensibly cheered himself.

there were three things in his eminently His trust was all in Jesus. “I have often intelligent but no less practical piety which we taken a practical chapter of the New Testathink can never be too often repeated, nor too ment, such as the winding up of one of the much sought after his reverence for the Sab. Epistles, or the Sermon on the Mount. I have bath, his constant recourse to prayer, and the determined to act up to it during the day; but, death by which he glorified God. On the alas ! I often forgot it altogether, and when I Lord’s-day he always attended public worship did remember it, how miserably did I fall short twice, and he usually contrived to secure several of it! This, more than anything, showed me hours for the study of his only theological texto the original sin in my nature, and threw me book, the Bible. And so much did he honour on the promises of Christ. I found it was the Divine command,“ Remember the Sabbath- useless to rest too much on details; but I took day, to keep it holy," that twice over he cheer- fast hold upon the grand leading truth, that fully risked his appointment to an importaut Christ is an all-sufficient satisfaction for sin.” | office, rather than canvass, or do “any work” And at last one happy midnight, when he on that day. And rejoicing in God's special found himself dying, he called to his wife and providence, believing that to omnipotence there said, “I will not make speeches; but I have is nothing arduous, and to omniscience nothing two things to say." The first was an affectoo minute, he was a man of prayer. “No work tionate farewell to herself; and in uttering it




he was seized with violent coughing. When But perhaps you say, "There are enough others that bad abated, she reminded him that he had to teach in the Sabbath school.” There would not

be enough-there would not be any, if all were like something else to say, and begged him to take

you. But it is a mistake ; there are not enough others. the earliest opportunity. “The second is soon

You are wanted. Some five or six children, of whom said. Christ is all in all to me. I have no Christ has said, “ Suffer them to come to me," will I hope except in Him. He is, indeed, all in all.” grow up without either learning or religion, unless

you become a teacher. Are all the children in the

place where you live gathered into the Sabbath ARE YOU A SABBATH SCHOOL TEACHER? | Lord's-day, illiterate and irreligious ?.

school? Are there none that still wander on the

Is there a If you are, you are engaged in a good work. Yes, it competent number of teachers in the existing schools, is good, both as acceptable to God, and as profitable wise? I do not know how it is where you live, but

so that more would rather be in the way than otherto men. It is good in its direct operation, and good in its reflex action. It is not merely teaching the

where I live, there are boys and girls enough, ay, young idea how to shoot, but, what is still more im.

too many, who go to no Sabbath school. It is only portant, it is teaching the young and tender

affection for a teacher to go out on the Sabbath, and he readily what to fix upon, and where to entwine itself. No

collects a class of children willing to attend ; and thing hallows the Sabbath more than the benevolent

where I reside, there are not teachers enough for employment of the Sabbath school teacher. It is the scholars already collected. Some classes are more than lawful to do such good on the Sabbath

without a teacher; and presently the children stay day. It has great reward. Continue to be a Sabbath away, because, they say, they come to the school, school teacher. Be not weary in this well-doing. and there is no one to attend to them. He who said, Do not think you have served long enough in the

“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and capacity of teacher, until you have served life out, of " his sacramental host” might take charge of these

forbid them not," knows this; and he knows who or until there shall be no need of one saying to another, “ Know the Lord.” What if it be laborious ? children, and do not. They say every communion It is the labour of love, in the very fatigue of which

season, “ Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" the soul finds refreshment.

and the Lord replies, “Suffer little children to come
unto me.

And there the matter ends.
But perhaps you are not a Sabbath school teacher.
No, I am not," methinks I hear one say. “I am

But I hear one say, I was once a teacher.” And not a professor of religion. You cannot expect me

do you not blush to own that you became weary in to be a teacher." You ought to be both, and your

this species of well-doing? “ But I think I taught not being the first is but a poor apology for declining long enough." How long did you teach? Till there to be the other. The neglect of one obligation is a

were no more to learn? Till you could teach no poor excuse for the neglect of another. You seem

longer? Are you dead ? If not, you are resting to admit that if you professed religion, it would be from your labours rather prematurely. This excuse your duty to teach in the Sabbath school. Now, resembles one which I heard of, as from a lady of whose fault is it that you do not profess religion ?

wealth, who, having for several years been a subBut you are “not good enough," you say. Then

scriber to the Bible Society, at length ordered her you need so much the more the re-action of such an

name to be struck off, alleging that she thought she occupation to make you better. The way to get good. The world was not supplied : oh, no, not even the

had done her part towards disseminating the Bible! is to do it. “But I am not a young person.” And what if you are not? You need not be very young country; and her means were not exhausted. But in order to be a useful Sabbath school teacher.

she had done her part ! Had she done what she could ? don't want mere novices in the Sabbath school. If The woman whom Jesus commended “had done what

she could.” But this is a digression. you are not young, then you have so much more Experience to assist you in the work. Do Sabbath But one says, “I want the Sabbath for myselfschool teachers become superannuated, so much

for rest and for improvement." And who does not? earlier in life than any other class of benefactors-

Are you busily employed all the week ? So are some

of our most faithful teachers. so much sooner than ministers and parents ? There

You ought to be is a prevailing mistake on this subject.

“ diligent in business" during the days of the week. But you are married, you say. And what if you

“Six days shalt thou labour." 6 But is there any

rest in Sabbath school teaching? The soul finds are? Because you have married a wife or husband,

some of its sweetest rest in the works of mercy, and is that any reason why you should not come into the Sabbath school? Many people think that as soon

often its richest improvement in the care to improve

others. as they are married, they are released from the obligation of assisting in the Sabbath school. But I do But perhaps you say, though with some diffidence not understand this to be one of the immunities of you express this objection, that you belong to a matrimony. As well might they plead that in dis

circle in society whose members are not accustomed

to teach in the Sabbath school. Do you mean that charge of the obligation to every species of gooddoing. Such might, at least, postpone this apology you are above the business? You must be exceedtill the cares of a family have come upon them. ingly elevated in life to be above the business of And even then, I wonder how many hours of the gratuitously communicating the knowledge of God Sabhath are devoted to the instruction of their to the young and ignorant. You must be exalted ebildren, by those parents who make the necessity of above the very throne of God itself, if you are attending to the religious culture of their families, above caring for poor children. “But I should have an apology for not entering the Sabbath school; and

to mingle with those beneath me in rank." Ab, I I wonder if their children could not be attended to supposed that Christianity had'destroyed the distincin other hours than those usually occupied in Sabbath

tion of rank; not indeed by depressing any, but by school instruction ; and thus, while they are not elevating all. Should Christians, all cleansed by the neglected, other children, who have no parents that

same blood and Spirit, treat other Christians as

common? care for their souls, receive a portion of their attention. I think this not impossible.

But I am not qualified to teach.” If you are not


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